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Robbie is building a legal practice in the regulatory group, with a focus on privacy, data protection, and anti-spam law. His practice covers a wide range of privacy matters, including drafting and reviewing privacy policies, coordinating responding to data breaches, and advising on the privacy law dimensions of business practices and transactions. He also assists clients in preparing privacy impact assessments, and responding to access to information requests. Robbie is gaining knowledge in the emerging tech industry to support clients who are facing rapid change.

At law school, Robbie volunteered and worked at the faculty’s legal clinic, Downtown Legal Services, in the Housing Law division. He was a contributor to the student newspaper, Ultra Vires, and frequent performer and director in the Law Follies sketch comedy show.



Representative Matters

Privacy and Data Protection

  • Assisted a public organization that had suffered a ransomware attack to meet its legal obligations for notifying regulators and affected individuals.
  • Reviewed and revised internal privacy and data security policies of a global consulting company for compliance with Canadian privacy laws.
  • Assisted a website development company moving into the Canadian market, by revising their internal and external privacy policies.
  • Assisted a tourism company to salvage customer data for marketing purposes, in compliance with privacy and anti-spam laws.
  • Provided advice to a multi-national employment agency with respect to background check obligations in all provinces and territories in Canada.
  • Advised an electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer on proper consent mechanisms for data collected automatically through its vehicles.
  • Assisted in developing employee-monitoring policies for Ontario employers.
  • Assisted a non-for-profit health-sector company in drafting communications to the federal privacy commissioner in the context of a regulatory investigation.
  • Successfully coordinated an appeal of an access to information request in order to assist a company defending an administrative fine.
  • Reviewed and revised a global company’s data retention schedules for compliance with legal requirements in Canada.
  • Assisted companies navigating the privacy implications of vaccine status collection programs in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Corporate Transactions

  • Provided privacy law advice to a private equity firm in connection with its acquisition of a Canadian medical imaging software provider.
  • Provided privacy and data security advice to a software company in connection with its acquisition of a rival software provider.
  • Provided privacy law advice to a large American management services company in connection with its purchase of a leading Canadian IT services provider.
  • Provided privacy law advice to a private equity firm in connection with its acquisition of a global fintech company.

Education & Admissions

2021
Called to the Ontario bar
2020
JDUniversity of Toronto
2015
BA, Philosophy and DramaUniversity of Toronto

Publications

Insights (23 Posts)

Featured Insight

Data Security – The Increasing Danger of Vishing Attacks

This bulletin provides guidance regarding voice phishing, or "vishing" attacks. As they rise in popularity, companies must take action to protect their assets.

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Sep 16, 2022
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New Guidance on Ontario’s Workplace Monitoring Disclosure Regime

This bulletin provides guidance regarding Ontario's new electronic monitoring disclosure obligations for employers under the Employment Standards Act.

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Sep 15, 2022
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OSFI Adds to its Existing Technology and Cyber Risk Requirements with Guideline B-13

OSFI issued final Guideline B-13 – Technology and Cyber Risk Management, key takeaways summarized.

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Jul 26, 2022
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Canadian Privacy Regulators Clarify Requirements for Mobile Apps

A recent joint investigation of Canadian privacy commissioners provides guidance for organizations using mobile apps.

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Jul 5, 2022
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Federal Government Proposes New Act to Reinforce Critical Cyber Security in Canada

Bill C-26, An Act respecting cyber security, would do two things: amend the Telecommunications Act and enact the Critical Cyber Systems Protection Act.

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Jul 5, 2022
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Privacy Reform is on the Table Once More: Canada Introduces the Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2022

New federal privacy legislation has been introduced. If passed, Bill C-27 will materially change the legal landscape for privacy and data protection in Canada.

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Jun 22, 2022
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Federal Privacy Commissioner Releases Key Recommendations for a New Federal Private Sector Privacy Law

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada released a summary of its key recommendations for a new federal private sector privacy law in Canada

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May 17, 2022
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Open Banking: What it is and what it means for you

As we have received a number of questions from clients regarding our open banking bulletins, we are putting together an interdisciplinary panel of experts to take a deep dive into the implications of an open banking system in Canada, exciting developments & expectations for further progression.

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Thursday, June 2, 2022
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Federal Government Appoints Open Banking Lead

The federal government has named Abraham Tachjian to lead the development of open banking in Canada, following an open letter from prominent fintech executives.

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Mar 23, 2022
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Pay No Attention to the Blinking Red Light: Employee Monitoring Laws Announced in Ontario

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has released Bill 88, the Working for Workers Act, 2022, requiring employers to disclose digital employee monitoring practices.

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Mar 3, 2022
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Couldn’t Scrape By: BC Court Rejects Certification of Class Action against Facebook

BC Court dismisses certification application for class action against Facebook for allegedly scraping user data from their messenger app.

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Feb 17, 2022
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Clearview AI Ordered to Comply with Provincial Regulators’ Privacy Recommendations

Canada’s provincial privacy regulators have issued orders against Clearview AI forcing it comply with the
recommendations of a 2020 joint investigation.

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Jan 5, 2022
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Canadian Centre for Cyber Security Releases Ransomware Playbook

Ransomware attacks are on the rise. The Canadian Centre for Cyber Security released a ransomware playbook to help companies prepare for and respond to attacks.

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Dec 21, 2021
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Smartphone Apps Beware – Babylon Health investigation provides insight into compliance with Alberta privacy laws

Key takeaways from the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta (OIPC)s report re: investigation of the Babylon by Telus Health app.

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Dec 15, 2021
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Canada Partners with the European Commission to Examine Use of Digital Credentials

Increased standards for digital credentials improve privacy and global functionality - but what does this mean for businesses who use them?

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Dec 7, 2021
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Bill 64: A Checklist to Help Businesses Comply with Modern Privacy Requirements in Québec

The new changes to Quebec's privacy legislation usher in the modern era of privacy laws. This checklist establishes priorities and timelines for companies.

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Dec 1, 2021
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McMillan’s Annual Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity Webinar

Our lawyers will provide an overview of important case law developments, regulatory guidance, upcoming statutory changes, and hot topics in Privacy, Data Protection & Cybersecurity

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021
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Privacy Implications of an Open Banking System in Canada

Canada’s Advisory Committee on Open Banking's final report- the privacy and data security implications of an open banking system in Canada.

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Oct 12, 2021
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Alberta Recognizes Privacy Tort of Public Disclosure of Private Facts

The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench recognized the tort of public disclosure of private facts for the first time; In deciding the recognize the tort...

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Sep 27, 2021
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No Damages for Minor Stress and Inconvenience: Quebec Court Dismisses Data Breach Class Action

In March, the Québec Superior Court released a rare decision in which it dismissed a privacy class action on the merits.

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Jun 9, 2021
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CSA Propose Changes to Registration Information, Outside Activities and Reporting Requirements as part of Reduction of Regulatory Burden Initiative

February 4, 2021 - the Canadian Securities Administrators have proposed amendments to the registration information provided by registered individuals and firms.

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Feb 17, 2021
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Another Leap Forward for Canadian Privacy Laws

The Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020 received its first reading in the House of Commons. If passed, the Act will radically change Canadian Privacy Law.

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Nov 19, 2020
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A Call to Action on Open Banking

On June 19, 2019, the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce (“the Committee”) published a report on open banking entitled Open Banking

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Jul 3, 2019